San Mateo, CA--May 26, 1997--Omniview Inc. (San Mateo, CA), a design modeling and synthesis company, announced Omniview Galaxy, the first in a series of new system-level design re-use and synthesis tools. Omniview Galaxy offers designers a complete design environment for full-board and -system synthesis. Omniview Galaxy integrates the company's Fidelity synthesis engine, a suite of component design libraries, development tools for user-defined customized libraries, and an interface to various EDA design environments. Omniview's initial offering will support the Mentor Graphics design environment.
The Fidelity synthesis engine enables hardware engineers and system architects to apply the traditional ASIC synthesis methodology to board and system design. This core synthesis technology from Omniview features a configuration system coupled with constraint-based reasoning algorithms, which permit the synthesis of highly complex designs by using a library of components organized as a functional hierarchy.
Beginning with a high-level description, such as a block diagram generated with Mentor Graphics' Design Architect, designers can use Omniview Galaxy to automate component selection, timing analysis, and schematic generation. Users then give design parameters, such as cost, size, weight, process technology, etc., and Omniview Galaxy will select components and run a static timing analysis. With the link to Mentor Graphics, compatible schematics and design viewpoints are generated by Omniview Galaxy that interface with simulation, layout, and other downstream tools.
Omniview Galaxy, in combination with Omniview Cosmos (built around the company's PMW engine)--a performance optimization environment for hardware/software co-design--now provides a design modeling and synthesis solution at the ES (electronic system) level. With Omniview Cosmos, designers create high-level block diagrams at the architectural level and evaluate performance. These block diagrams are used as input to a system synthesis tool such as Omniview Galaxy, allowing a top-down design flow at the board and system level.
Omniview Galaxy operates in either of two modes: "what if" or "optimization." In "what if" mode, the tool will stop when it finds a design that meets the designer's specifications, or suggest changes that need to be made in order for the design to meet the specifications. In "optimization" mode, the tool will build all the designs that are possible and rank them based upon the user's preferences. This allows the designer to then select the most optimal design for implementation.
The new library that is part of Omniview Galaxy features hundreds of component families and models, which offer designers thousands of choices including device variations based on speed grades, pin packaging, temperature, etc. Specifically, the new library of components includes logic, memory, and microprocessor/microcontroller devices most commonly used in today's designs. The library has been developed to target broad markets that include telecommunications, military/aerospace, medical, automotive, robotics, office products, and embedded controller markets, as well as devices such as the Intel x86 family, Motorola PowerPC, Texas Instruments' TMS 320 Series and other processors used in embedded controllers.
In addition to the comprehensive standard design libraries, the core synthesis technology from Omniview is now enhanced with library management tools and a synthesis debugger. For custom components or components not in the standard library, Omniview provides library builder tools that enable customers to easily create their own models. Designers can now import data from their existing Materials Resource Planning (MRP) database to keep libraries current. Development time for a library model can take an engineer anywhere from 30 minutes to a few days, depending upon the complexity.
Available at the end of April, Omniview Galaxy, which includes the Fidelity engine, new library, and debugger, is priced at $60,000 per license. Omniview Galaxy works with the Mentor Graphics Design Architect and Design Viewpoint Editor. It runs on Sun SPARC and Hewlett-Packard 9000 workstations.
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